Dubai Design Week and Downtown Design | November 12-17, 2018 | Events and Exhibitions

 

This November, the region’s most anticipated Design Week will take place.

Dubai Design Week continues to grow, cementing Dubai as the design capital of the Middle East
* The region’s largest creative festival returns this year from 12-17 November 2018
* The free-to-attend program will comprise more than 230 events throughout Dubai Design District (d3) and across the city
* With +120 institutions participating, the 2018 edition will see a 20% growth since last year’s event

 

Taking place at locations across the city, this year’s program will be the most comprehensive to date, with more than 120 companies participating and 230 events taking place, encompassing exhibitions, commissioned installations, awards and competitions, talks and workshops, tours and experiences for design enthusiasts and public visitors alike.

Dubai Design Week will this year launch its first app, allowing visitors to create personalised schedules on the go based on preferences and interests and to be the first to get notified of must-attend launches and events.

Coinciding with the event, this November will see the official opening of the Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai’s first contemporary arts museum, the inaugural Fikra Graphic Design Biennial in Sharjah, the first of its kind in the region, and a range of activities staged at Alserkal Avenue, reinforcing November as the annual focal point for design and creativity in Dubai.

Highlights of Dubai Design Week 2018 at d3
Exhibitions and Pop-ups

For the first time, this year Dubai Design Week partners with social networking giant Facebook through a real-world activation set in within the heart of Dubai Design District (d3). Customized workshops and knowledge sharing activities have been specially devised to celebrate the Arab creative community. Facebook’s 6-day physical presence will showcase how people can use the platform to connect and build communities in memorable, creative and responsible ways.

An exhibition highlighting eight of the brightest Emirati talents from across the country, UAE Design Stories: The Next Generation from The Emirates is a vehicle for generating awareness on the emerging creative profiles from the UAE.

Enabling UAE design since 2008, design-incubator Tashkeel will present ‘Design+Making UAE’; a destination for those curious about the local design ecosystem, exploring design practice in the UAE from concept to completion.

The roadshow exhibition ‘Original Comes from Vitra’ consists of series of booths, each dedicated to telling the story of a Vitra original. Each booth will narrate the history of the product with drawings, sketches and photographs of prototypes. Examples include some of world’s most iconic pieces of furniture; the Panton chair, the Standard chair by Jean Prouve and the Lounge Chair by Charles & Ray Eames.

DRAK, the design collective based in Dubai’s Ras Al Khor community will be conducting a community initiative titled ‘From RAK to DRAK’ where three designers, Amal Haliq, Faissal El-Malak and Khalid Mezaina, will focus on three commercial outlets from the neighbourhood.

ProtoPieces is an exhibition of furniture work designed by 12 students of the College of Architecture Art and Design (CAAD) at the American University of Sharjah.

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Where To Go During Dubai Design Week| 13-18 November 2017

 

Dubai Design Week has become the number one design event in the Middle East and is growing more and more annually. This year the program is more diverse than all previous years. I strongly advise you to make use of the large number of interesting talks and workshops. If you can, try to visit the Louvre in Abu Dhabi which will be officially opening November 11, 2017.

As for Dubai Design Week, it is a diverse 6-day program of exhibitions, installations, talks, educational workshops and more which will allow visitors the opportunity to discover and engage with design. The free-to-attend program will serve as a rich introduction to the design scene in the UAE, and build on the many events and exhibitions happening throughout the week and beyond.

I will list below some of my favourite programs, to check out the rest of the list go to Dubai Design Week website.

Downtown Design

November 14 – 17 2017

Dubai Design District (d3)

In its fifth edition, the Fair will take place at the Dubai Design District and present a carefully edited roster of established and emerging brands across a range of product categories; including furniture, lighting, bathrooms, kitchens, textiles and accessories. This is a great time to check out the latest collections for most brands.

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Design Days Dubai | March 14-17 , 2017 | Events and Exhibitions

This March Dubai introduces Design Days Dubai, Art Dubai, Christie’s and Tashkeel, this year is going to be Design Days Dubai’s largest one yet- with some really stunning pieces.

What should you know about Design Days Dubai:

  • The world’s most diverse design fair dedicated to collectable design
  • Sixth edition held from 14 – 17 March, 2017 at Dubai Design District (d3)
  • The largest number of exhibitors to date, 50; record UAE participation
  • Range of prices appeal to both next generation of collectors and seasoned collectors
  • Returning exhibitors point to a maturing in design appreciation in the UAE

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Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates Dubai | Luxury Hotel Design

 

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As they say, nothing is impossible in Dubai. When you thought it was all about the desert and the heat, they created  skiing slopes, something I would have never imagined there. Overlooking the slopes is the 5 star luxury Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. The hotel even has chalets that are so cozy and warm, fit for a skiing lodge. The hotel has almost 400 rooms including 20 chalets with fireplaces that will allow you to feel as if you were in Switzerland. All rooms are well equipped with the state of the art technology.

Living in the Gulf for the past 8 years, I noticed that people refrain as much as possible from using wood and other warm materials, that is all due to the hot climate. With the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates it is different. At this hotel you get to experience what it would be like to live in a cool climate, the use of stone & solid wood interprets this coziness perfectly. The marble however, gives the rooms and restaurants the lavish and luxurious feel Dubai is known for.

I will leave you to enjoy the photos of this lovely hotel (slideshow) and a link to the hotel website in case you want to check out more details.

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Cafe Trussardi New Concept to Launch in Dubai | Restaurant Design

 

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Cafe Trussardi is the cafe related directly to the Trussardi Fashion house. Very popular in Milan, this cafe is known for the beautiful outdoor terrace and green roof. Recently, Luxury Living created the brand’s first home furniture line, Trussardi Casa,  and wanted to depict their style through the new concept for the cafe which will open world wide starting with Dubai. The presentation of the cafe concept was introduced during Imm Cologne 2015. First I will show you the original cafe, and then you will see the new images of what the new concept will look like.

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No.57 Boutique Cafe in Abu Dhabi | Restaurant Design

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The Dinner Club by No. 57 was a popular concept that started back in 2012 by Buthaina Al Mazrui & Alamira Noor Bani Hashim, based on the concept of ‘invitation only’ pop up restaurant/ event place. There was no particular location for those monthly events. Due to popularity of the concept, No.57 Cafe Boutique came to life. Located in Abu Dhabi and designed by Dubai based architects Anarchitect, the owners want to make sure to keep it the place alive and still have the secret dining room for special events.

Materials used were mainly the timeless Carrara marble, concrete, oak, and metal.

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GQ Bar in Dubai | Bar Design

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Totally obvious, GQ Bar in Dubai is inspired by the popular men’s magazine. Looking at the interior, you can feel the sophisticated and masculine vibes whether in terms of color, materials, and overall rigid look.

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Zaha Hadid To Design ME by Melia in Dubai | Architecture

 

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Back in 2007, it was announced the Zaha Hadid Architects would be designing the Opus tower in Dubai. The construction of the Opus is currently in progress, however Zaha Hadid was asked to design the ME by melia hotel (the first in the Middle East) and service the apartments to be housed within the complex. It will include penthouse suites with private roof terraces and will be designed fully by Zaha Hadid, the interior & the exterior. The hotel is expected to operate in 2016.

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